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Hasidic Tales of the Holocaust 1st Edition
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The Hasidim, however, had a different view of their suffering during the Holocaust. God had not deserted them, even if He seemed hidden in a time of darkness. The Hasidim were telling their own Holocaust stories around the Sabbath table or at community gatherings but, because most of this telling was oral and in Yiddish, it was unknown to the general public. Enter Yaffa Eliach. As a professor of English literature at Brooklyn College, she began hearing these tales from her students. Brooklyn College had/has a high percentage of Hasidic students and, through them, Eliach got to know their parents and other Holocaust survivors, including some of the Hasidic Rebbes. The result is a fine collection of true Holocaust stories that will forever change the way you view Hasidic Jews. Courage, as this book demonstrates, doesn't always mean grabbing a gun.Read more ›
These tales are mostly short and so, emminently readable. Above all, one remains in my mind. It is the story of little Shachne Hiller, Mr. and Mrs. Yachowitch, and a young Polish priest. Schachne is 4 years old when he is given up by his Jewish parents into the care of the dutiful and trustworthy Catholic Yachowitchs. The Hillers are careful to instruct the Yachowiths that they wish Shachne to be brought up Jewish. Time passes and the Yachowiths come to love little Schachne dearly. Mrs. Yachowitch takes the little boy to a young priest, explains the situation and asks that the boy be baptized. The young priest refuses. That priest, who is Karol Wojtyla refuses and eventually becomes Cardinal and is then elected Pope. The boy comes to America, becomes a successful businessman and a devout Jew. According to the Grand Rabbi of Bluzhov, Rabbi Israel Spira, "God has mysterious, wonderful ways unknown to men. Perhaps it was the merit of saving a single Jewish soul that brought about his election as Pope. It is a story that must be told."
As for the rest of the stories, I was brought the point of tears by some, rendered incredulous by others, and rarely if ever bored by any. This is great book and highly recommended by a tough grader.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Moving short stories of the Holocaust, most having a point that can be used in sermons.Published 13 months ago by Capsman
It is the mitzva! Re-telling of the story that we all know very well, but need to be reminded of nevertheless!... How a man can be so cruel towards other human beings?!!! Read morePublished 13 months ago by vic
Terrible, yet inspiring. Prof. Eliach ably and hauntingly documents the great spiritual reserves that emerge from the depths of tragedy.Published 16 months ago by Richard S. Marten, Producer,
The stories here are in the tradition of the short, hard-hitting, heart-touching, hasidic tales from centuries ago--but they are placed in the 20th century, often in ghettoes and... Read morePublished 19 months ago by B. Noia
I have owned this book for a long time and bought this copy as a birthday for a friend. He was delighted to receive it. Read morePublished 19 months ago by perthaus